17 January 2020

Hundreds of thousands protest pension cuts in France

By Alex Lantier, 17 January 2020

Support for the strike and opposition to Macron continue to grow even after the government made a few minor, insincere changes to its proposed cuts.

Washington continues war buildup against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 17 January 2020

Another squadron of F15-E fighter jets has been dispatched to the region, while the threat of a “nuclear option” is on the table.

The Suleimani assassination, imperialist strategy and the crisis of the Iranian regime

Berlin, London and Paris threaten Iran over 2015 nuclear treaty

Italian air traffic controllers go on strike

By Marianne Arens, 17 January 2020

A strike by air traffic controllers at Italian airports brought air traffic to a halt, with travellers facing long delays.

Canada’s media and political establishment endorse illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani

By Roger Jordan, 17 January 2020

To the extent that criticisms have been made, they have revolved around the question of whether Suleimani’s murder by drone strike was tactically wise.

US students and youth speak out against the threat of war with Iran

By Trévon Austin, 17 January 2020

“We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it’s always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him.”

“Why should we follow these politicians who want us to kill each other for corporate profits?”
US workers denounce war threats against Iran

UK home secretary defends naming Extinction Rebellion as extremist

By Paul Bond, 17 January 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel told a radio interviewer that although XR was not a terrorist organisation, the government had to look at “a range of security risks.”

Trump administration to illegally divert an additional $7.2 billion to border wall construction

By Jacob Crosse, 17 January 2020

For the second year in a row, the Trump administration is diverting congressional appropriated funds in violation of the Constitution.

Virginia declares state of emergency barring guns at State Capitol ahead of far-right rally

By Harvey Simpkins, 17 January 2020

According to the governor’s executive order thousands of “advocates” will be descending on the city, many armed, with the intent to engage in “violence, rioting, and insurrection.”

Oakland, California: With guns drawn, police evict homeless mothers from house

By Adam Mclean, 17 January 2020

A SWAT team wielding semi-automatic AR-15s broke down the front door of the house with a battering ram and arrested the residents of the house along with two protesters.

Trump seeks to roll back environmental reviews for major infrastructure projects

By Daniel de Vries, 17 January 2020

The administration announced a proposal to upend longstanding environmental law requiring the government to document environmental impacts.

Australian fires leave tens of thousands in financial hardship and stress

By James Cogan, 17 January 2020

The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.

Australia: Balmoral firefighters say they were “abandoned” and demand better resources

By our reporters, 17 January 2020

“Governments are definitely not looking after us—there’s too many hidden agendas—and things are not being done to make sure we’ve got adequate power or water.”

Australian Greens bogus posturing on bushfire crisis

Australian PM declares “new normal” of climate disasters

New Zealand’s Daily Blog demands anti-immigrant measures against “Australians fleeing climate change”

The Australian fire crisis and the necessity for socialism

Opposition grows to Nepal government’s move to curtail social media

By Rohantha De Silva, 17 January 2020

The Information Technology Bill’s vague language puts social media users at high risk for criticising business leaders, politicians and bureaucrats.

16 January 2020

House forwards impeachment articles, triggering Senate trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 January 2020

The Democrats pass Pelosi’s phony antiwar resolution

Mideast war threat overshadows Democratic debate

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2020

Bernie Sanders says “some wars are necessary”

Germany: Auto manufacturer Opel to wipe out 4,100 jobs

By Peter Schwarz, 16 January 2020

Russian government resigns after Putin’s state of the nation address

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2020

US-China trade deal leaves basic conflict festering

By Mike Head, 16 January 2020

YouTube, Facebook and Twitter remove accounts and content opposing the illegal assassination of Iranian General Suleimani

By Kevin Reed, 16 January 2020

Australian bushfire crisis highlights sweeping emergency powers

By Mike Head, 16 January 2020

Australia: NSW bushfire victims condemn inadequate planning and government responses

By our reporters, 16 January 2020

Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173

Australia: Gospers Mountain fire survivors denounce government cuts in firefighting and bush management

Malians protest to demand departure of French occupation troops

By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2020

New migrant caravan departs Honduras defying stepped-up controls

By Andrea Lobo, 16 January 2020

Texas becomes the first state to refuse refugee resettlement

Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe linked to international drug trafficking through Sinaloa Cartel

By Julian James, 16 January 2020

Mass abstention as union pushes through New York City transit contract

By Alan Whyte, 16 January 2020

Northern Virginia transit union officials announce tentative deal with private bus contractor to end bus drivers’ strike

By Nick Barrickman, 16 January 2020

UK energy costs soar, leaving millions of households in fuel poverty

By Alice Summers, 16 January 2020

German captain of refugee rescue ship “Lifeline” acquitted of criminal charges in Malta

By Marianne Arens, 16 January 2020

New Zealand fascist group targets Chinese-born MP

By Tom Peters, 16 January 2020

New in German

Trump nutzt die Iran-Krise, um Gewalt gegen politische Gegner zu provozieren

Barry Grey, 16. Januar 2020

Nach Trumps Befehl zur Ermordung Solemanis muss man seine Denunziationen politischer Gegner als Gewaltandrohung verstehen.

Neue Verbindungen zwischen Lübcke-Mord, NSU und Verfassungsschutz

Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 16. Januar 2020

Ermittlungsunterlagen erhärten den Verdacht, dass der NSU Teil eines rechtsterroristischen Netzwerks war, das weiter agierte und schließlich den Kasseler Regierungspräsidenten Walter Lübcke ermordete.

Europäische Mächte bereiten Annullierung des Atomabkommens mit dem Iran vor

Alex Lantier, 16. Januar 2020

Ermutigt von der schwachen Reaktion Teherans auf die rechtswidrige Ermordung des iranischen Generals Qassim Soleimani verschärfen Berlin, London und Paris ihre Angriffe gegen den Iran.

Veranstaltung der IYSSE zur StuPa-Wahl an der Humboldt-Univrsität
Kein Krieg gegen Iran! Für eine internationale Bewegung gegen Kapitalismus und Krieg!

unseren Reportern, 16. Januar 2020

Insgesamt kamen etwa 80 Studierende, um mit den IYSSE über die gefährlichen Entwicklungen im Nahen und Mittleren Osten und eine sozialistische Perspektive gegen Krieg zu diskutieren.

Neue Einzelheiten über Polizeigewalt an Silvester in Connewitz

Isabel Roy, 16. Januar 2020

Nachdem bereits mehrere Behauptungen der Polizei über vermeintlich linksextreme Gewalttaten bei einer Silvesterfeier im Leipziger Stadtteil Connewitz als dreiste Lügen entlarvt wurden, zeigen neue Augenzeugenberichte und Videos, dass es ganz im Gegenteil zu brutalen Ausschreitungen der Polizei gegen friedliche Demonstranten gekommen ist.

Europa: Migrantenkinder hinter Gittern

Marianne Arens, 16. Januar 2020

Wie zwei neue Studien zeigen, werden Einwandererkinder nicht nur in Trumps Amerika, sondern auch in Deutschland und ganz Europa misshandelt.

New in Norwegian

Trump utnytter Iran-krigskrisen for å oppildne til vold mot politiske opponenter

Barry Grey, 16. januar 2020

Etter Trumps beordring til drap av Irans general Suleimani må hans fordømmelser av politiske opponenter for å «ta terroristers parti» tolkes som en trussel om vold.

Europeiske makter forflytter seg mot skroting av atomavtalen med Iran

Alex Lantier, 16. januar 2020

Berlin, London og Paris eskalerer angrepene mot Iran, oppmuntred av Teherans svake reaksjon på det illegale amerikanske drapet av den iranske general Qassem Suleimani.

Tysklands Süddeutsche Zeitung forsvarer mordet på Suleimani

Peter Schwarz, 16. januar 2020

Som reaksjon på den nylige krisen i Midtøsten er Tysklands styringskretser begeistret over president Donald Trumps kriminelle metoder, samtidig som de mer aggressivt forfølger sine egne imperialistinteresser.

Kreml opprettholder dempet respons til Suleimani-attentatet, og insisterer på Iran-atomavtalen

Clara Weiss, 16. januar 2020

Kreml har opprettholdt en relativt dempet offentlig respons på det illegale amerikanske droneattentatet på Irans general Qassem Suleimani. Utenriksdepartementet utstedte en initiell uttalelse som fordømte drapet, men påfølgende uttalelser fra Putin og fra Kreml har unnlatt å innta noen klar stilling i konflikten, og har oppfordret til deeskalering.

Bolsonaro støtter Trump for krig mot Iran, der Arbeiderpartiet (PT) appellerer til militæret

Tomas Castanheira, 16. januar 2020

Regjeringen til Brasils fascistiske president Jair Bolsonaro var en av de første til å forsvare Washingtons krigsforbrytelse, der den pushet løgnen utbasunert av Donald Trump om at attentatet på den iranske generalen Qassem Suleimani var rettet mot å bekjempe terrorisme. Bare én dag etter angrepet utstedte Itamaraty – det brasilianske utenriksdepartementet – et notat som sa at «den brasilianske regjeringen uttrykker sin støtte for kampen mot terrorismens svøpe.»

New in Russian

Сторонники Бандеры маршируют в крупных городах Украины после того, как правительство объявило нацистских коллаборационистов «национальными героями»

Джейсон Мелановски и Клара Вайс, 11 января 2020 г.

Прославление киевским правительством одиозных антисемитских фигур и нацистских коллаборационистов сопровождается постыдным молчанием со стороны империалистических патронов Украины.

New in Turkish

Grevlerin yayıldığı Fransa'da milyonlarca insan yürüyüşlere katıldı

Anthony Torres ve Alex Lantier, 11 Ocak 2020

İleriye giden yol, sendikalardan bağımsız eylem komiteleri inşa ederek, grevcileri, "sarı yelekliler"i ve gençleri, kapitalist sisteme karşı işçi iktidarı uğruna mücadelenin parçası olarak Macron hükümetine karşı birleştirmekten geçiyor.

New in Spanish

La cacería de brujas internacional contra Julian Assange

Por Eric London y Thomas Scripps, 15 enero 2020

La persecución de Assange es una burla de la justicia que manchará por siempre a los Gobiernos de EE. UU., Reino Unido, Australia, Suecia y Ecuador.

El asesinato del general iraní Suleimani planeado con meses de anticipación

Por Bill Van Auken, 15 enero 2020

Ha sido expuesto como una deliberada mentira la afirmación de la administración Trump de que el asesinato se llevó a cabo en respuesta a alguna amenaza "inminente¨.

Berlín, Londres y París amenazan a Irán por el tratado nuclear de 2015

Por Alex Lantier, 15 enero 2020

Después del reciente asesinato estadounidense del general iraní Qasem Soleimani, las potencias europeas no están denunciando no a Washington, sino a Teherán, como una amenaza para Oriente Medio.

Texas se convierte en el primer estado en rechazar el restablecimiento de refugiados

Por Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 enero 2020

Una orden emitida por Trump en septiembre prohibe que las organizaciones no gubernamentales y sin fines de lucro reasentar a los refugiados sin el consentimiento de los gobiernos estatales y locales.

New in French

L'Iran frappe des bases américaines en Irak alors que le Pentagone déploie des bombardiers B-52

Bill Van Auken, 9 janvier 2020

En préparation évidente d'une guerre à grande échelle, le Pentagone a envoyé une force de frappe composée de six bombardiers lourds B-52 sur la base militaire américaine de l'île de Diego Garcia.

Après le meurtre de Soleimani, le NPA part en guerre contre l’Iran

Alexandre Lantier, 9 janvier 2020

Le NPA met en avant le mensonge que l’Iran, un pays ex-colonial, serait une puissance impérialiste qui attaque Washington, et traite Soleimani de meurtrier de masse.

Corbyn rampe devant le Conseil privé, cherchant à bloquer un mouvement anti-guerre de masse

Laura Tiernan, 9 janvier 2020

La lettre de Corbyn à Johnson était rédigée de manière à défendre les intérêts de la sécurité nationale britannique et portait la marque de fabrique de Corbyn, celle de sa soumission à l’Etat

Podemos entre au gouvernement espagnol

Alex Lantier, 9 janvier 2020

La formation du gouvernement a mis un terme à deux mois de manœuvres dans l’élite dirigeante espagnole suite au parlement sans majorité sorti des élections du 10 novembre.

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Perspective

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals

17 January 2020

The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured

The prosecution of Julian Assange, the destruction of legality and the rise of the national security state

By Richard Hoffman, 15 January 2020

The political and legal attack on Assange represents a qualitative intensification of the destruction of core rights and, indeed, on legality itself as the mode of bourgeois rule.

Delta workers poisoned by toxic work uniforms file class action lawsuit

By Tom Carter, 17 January 2020

“I am confident that these uniforms are affecting many thousands of people,” lead attorney Bruce A. Maxwell told the World Socialist Web Site .

The New York Times' 1619 Project

“The saddest part of this is that the response of the Times is simply to defend their project”
An interview with historian Clayborne Carson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 15 January 2020

Professor Carson is professor of history at Stanford University and director of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute. He is the author and editor of numerous books on King and the civil rights movement.

The 1619 Project and the falsification of history: An analysis of the New York Times’ reply to five historians

By David North and Eric London, 28 December 2019

The New York Times’ “1619 Project”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, Shell Oil and mass killings in Africa

By Trévon Austin and Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2019

The New York Times’s 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 6 September 2019

1619 Project director speaks at New York University
Nikole Hannah-Jones, race theory and the Holocaust

By Eric London and David North, 26 November 2019

More on the New York Times’ 1619 Project »

Arts Review

Sam Mendes’ 1917: A technological step forward, several ideological and artistic steps back

By Joanne Laurier, 17 January 2020

1917, directed by British filmmaker Sam Mendes, recounts a fictionalized episode set during World War I. Failing to indict those responsible for the carnage or explore its context, the movie does not qualify as an anti-war film.

Wozzeck at New York’s Metropolitan Opera: Alban Berg’s opera on the tragic fate of an impoverished soldier

By Fred Mazelis, 16 January 2020

The 2020 Academy Award nominations: A generally weak, if unsurprising showing

By David Walsh, 15 January 2020

Neil Peart, renowned drummer for rock band Rush, dead at 67

Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011: A significant exhibition at Museum of Modern Art’s contemporary arts center

International Youth and Students for Social Equality

No to war against Iran! For an international movement against capitalism and war!
IYSSE holds first meeting in campaign for student parliament elections at Berlin’s Humboldt University

By our reporters, 17 January 2020

The meeting focused on the dangerous developments in the Middle East since the beginning of the year and the need for a socialist and internationalist programme to put an end to war.

The Reiss Center at NYU’s Law School: A think tank for the national security establishment and the Democratic Party
Part 1: Obama’s national security apparatus in exile

Commentary

Trump exploits Iran war crisis to incite violence against political opponents

By Barry Grey, 15 January 2020

Indian workers in general strike call for unity

By our correspondents, 14 January 2020

The Indian general strike and the global fight against communalism and war

Carlos Ghosn, Julian Assange and the class justice of the New York Times

By James Cogan, 14 January 2020

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2020

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

Workers Struggles

Nurses strike in Northern Ireland for pay parity; Zimbabwe municipal workers refuse pay offer as hospital strike continues and teachers plan walkout
Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa

17 January 2020

Thousands of Northern Ireland nurses struck for five days staring January 10 while Zimbabwe public sector workers have rejected a derisory pay offer.

Free Assange and Manning

Assange’s French legal advisor Juan Branco: “We’ve experienced a strong shift that we now need to nurture”

By Oscar Grenfell, 16 January 2020

In comments to the WSWS this week, Branco stated: “Citizens have their mass and geniuses like Julian Assange on their side—private interests have their economical power, cynicism and capacity to corrupt on theirs.”

The international witch-hunt of Julian Assange

An Open Letter to fellow Educators: Take a stand with Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning

By James McDonald, 15 January 2020

More on the campaign to defend Julian Assange »

Obituary

Left-wing British film and television producer Tony Garnett dead at 83

By our reporter, 16 January 2020

Garnett’s career spanned 50 years, but he is identified above all with one of the most significant and creative periods in the history of television drama in the UK.

Socialist Equality Party

Sri Lankan SEP holds public meeting: How to fight the new Rajapakse regime

By our correspondents, 16 January 2020

About 150 workers, youth, professionals and housewives, including party members and supporters from Colombo and outstations, attended the event held in Colombo Public Library Auditorium.

UK Public Meetings:
The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

28 December 2019

Socialist Equality Party used UK general election to put forward a socialist perspective

25 years ago: Great Hanshin Earthquake strikes Japan

On January 17, 1995, the Great Hanshin Earthquake struck the Hyogo prefecture in southern Japan. It registered a 6.9 on the moment magnitude scale and reached a maximum intensity of 7 on the JMA Seismic Intensity Scale.

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50 years ago: Frame-up at Soledad Prison in California

On January 16, 1970 three African American inmates at Soledad Prison in California were charged with the crime of murdering a guard. The accused, George Jackson, Fleeta Drumgo and John Clutchette, all under age 30, would become known as the “Soledad Brothers” as they fought to prove their innocence.

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75 years ago: Red Army liberates Warsaw

On January 17, 1945, the Soviet Red Army’s First Belorussian Front secured control of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, expelling German troops from a city that had been the site of some of the worst crimes committed during the Second World War.

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100 years ago: Social Democrats declare martial law in Germany

On January 14, 1920, the Social Democratic (SPD) government, with Gustav Noske as minister of defense, declared martial law throughout Germany as government troops killed 50 protesters and wounded over 100 in front of the Reichstag.

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Autoworkers Struggles

GM workers in Mexico thank Australian workers for support

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 10 January 2020

GM workers in Mexico thank US workers for donating to their defense fund

Defend the Silao Seven!
Fired Mexican GM workers issue open letter to American workers

More on autoworkers struggles »

Mehring Books

Vadim Rogovin’s Bolsheviks against Stalinism 1928–1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition
A magnificent account of Stalin’s opponents in the USSR

By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2019

Stalin’s rise was neither foreordained nor a natural outgrowth of the October Revolution. The Great Russian chauvinist and bureaucrat secured power in ferocious conflict with the proletariat, peasantry and cadre of the revolutionary socialist movement.

Science

Skin Deep, Journey in the Divisive Science of Race, by Gavin Evans

By Philip Guelpa, 9 December 2019

The overwhelming weight of scientific research demonstrates that “race” does not exist as a valid biological category, but is a social construct.

History

David North introduces Turkish-language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky at Istanbul Book Fair

By our reporter, 11 November 2019

Mehring Yayıncılık announced the publication of five major works by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) at its Istanbul Book Fair stall, including two authored by David North.

Socialist Equality Party

Video: 70 years after the Chinese Revolution—How the struggle for socialism was betrayed

31 October 2019

Introduction to the 1955 SWP resolution “The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath”

From the archives
SWP resolution: The Third Chinese Revolution and its Aftermath

Introduction to the 1951 report to the Fourth International by Chinese Trotskyist Peng Shuzhi

From the archives
The Causes of the Victory of the Chinese Communist Party over Chiang Kai-Shek, and the CCP’s Perspectives

Mehring Books

Mehring Yayıncılık publishes new ICFI books for İstanbul Book Fair

By Ulas Atesci, 29 October 2019

Preface to the Turkish edition of The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century

By David North, 2 September 2019

Preview the new publication from Mehring Books
Author’s introduction to Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition

By Vadim Z. Rogovin, 30 August 2019

Now available from Mehring Books
Bolsheviks Against Stalinism 1928-1933: Leon Trotsky and the Left Opposition by Vadim Z. Rogovin

Featured Commentary

Drawing the lessons of the ICFI split—International Strategy and National Tactics: The change in the ICFI’s approach to national liberation movements

By Deepal Jayasekera, 30 September 2019

This lecture was delivered to the Socialist Equality Party (US) Summer School on July 25, 2019 by Deepal Jayasekera, Assistant Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka

Introduction to the Turkish language edition of In Defense of Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky’s four fateful years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933

By David North, 23 September 2019

The ICFI and the Crisis of Stalinism

The World Capitalist Crisis and the Tasks of the Fourth International: An analysis of the ICFI Perspectives resolution of 1988

The International Committee’s response to the “End of History”: The March 1992 Plenum of the ICFI

The Dissolution of the USSR and the Unipolar Moment of US Imperialism

China: Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square massacre

The Political Origins and Consequences of the 1982–86 Split in the International Committee of the Fourth International

The 2020 US Elections

Joe Biden: A familiar face, a deeply reactionary record

By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2019

Amy Klobuchar: The favorite Democrat of Senate Republicans

By George Gallanis, 19 August 2019